ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In the blink of an eye, what began as a carjacking turned into a shooting and then into a murder.
Sherrell Austin, the 21-year-old mother of a one-year-old boy, died that night.
Her sister Regina Austin watched it all happen — she’d been behind the wheel when their car was stopped by another vehicle at 23rd and Hebert just south of Natural Bridge in north St. Louis in the early morning hours of July 8, 2010.
“(Sherrell) stated that nobody had any money,” Regina Austin remembers. “Then words were exchanged, and next thing I know gunshots just went off. She was shot twice in the chest.”
Sherrell’s son is now two years old.
Regina Austin says he’s aware his mother isn’t coming back but isn’t sure exactly why.
Meanwhile, the family wonders how the four men in the suspect’s vehicle that night are still at large one year later.
“There’s a lot of frustration,” according to Regina Austin. “We had one of the guys that was in the back seat of the car, we picked him out of the line-up.
“(Police) pretty much just let him go, you know, they said his alibi checked out.”
Now Sherrell Austin’s family members are hoping that by keeping the case in the public eye, someday soon the case can be solved and arrests made.
“She was a dedicated mom, a loving sister,” Regina tells KMOX News. “She was just getting started to get back in school and get her life back on the right track.”
There’s a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Information can be submitted anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS. That’s 866-371-8477.
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